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Daily Digest - Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The time is right to spark easier electronic-cigarette access

On Sept. 1, the Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act will take effect in British Columbia. This provides a set of regulations for an electronic-cigarette industry that has been growing rapidly without any clear federal or provincial guidelines. The stated goal of this legislation is to ensure that youth are not encouraged to use vapour products. [...]


The failed history of tobacco harm reduction

Dark clouds hung over smoking as a likely risky activity long before the watershed case control studies on smoking and lung cancer were published in 1950 by Doll and Hill [...] The commonplace of smokers’ cough had always quietly worried people that filling their lungs with smoke some twelve times per cigarette, sometimes up to 60 cigarettes a day, every day of the year for many years might be a problem.


Oncology Groups Praise FDA Decision to Regulate E-Cigarettes

The FDA is getting praise from oncology groups for its landmark decision to regulate electronic cigarettes, cigars, [...] “We commend the FDA for taking this important step and will be happy to provide appropriate guidance and feedback as the agency works to understand the true public health benefits and risks of these products,” said Julie M. Vose, president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.


Vaping as bad for your heart as smoking cigarettes, study finds

The findings triggered warnings that electronic cigarettes may be “far more dangerous” than was thought. Trials found that a typical session using a device caused similar effects to the main heart artery as smoking a cigarette. The trial involved a group of adult smokers, whose hearts were monitored while they vaped, and when they smoked ordinary cigarettes.


3 Reasons Altria Group Inc. Stock Could Rise

Long-term shareholders in Altria Group (NYSE:MO) aren't surprised at how well the stock has done lately. Having overcome many obstacles in the past, Altria continues to find ways to grow steadily despite the long-term trends toward less smoking in the U.S., and its stock has performed well, thanks to brand loyalty and pricing power that have offset any volume declines in the industry.


Tax agency probes PMI, BAT

Korean tax authorities have begun an intensive special tax investigation into two foreign tobacco manufacturers for evading taxes on cigarettes produced before last year‘s tax hike, but sold after the raise, industry watchers said. [...] the National Tax Service has been looking into the excess profits that Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco gained by selling cigarettes produced before 2015 [...]


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